September 8, 2022

International Civil Society Organisations call for an effective and enabling EU Visa framework for At-Risk Human Rights Defenders

In a joint statement published on 7 September 2022 at the initiative of, 50 international civil society organisations including Human Rights House Foundation are calling on all European Union institutions and the EU Member States to return on their political mandate in favor of human rights and human rights defenders, and lead on the implementation of concrete initiatives, good practices, and policy changes to ensure that at-risk human rights defenders can access European Union visas with guarantees, security, and predictability.

August 29, 2022

Belarusian authorities must not withdraw Belarus from First Optional Protocol of the ICCPR

We, the undersigned Belarusian and international human rights organisations, condemn recent steps taken by the Belarusian authorities to withdraw from the First Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and remove an important avenue for redress for victims of human rights violations committed by Belarusian authorities. The move would also set a dangerous precedent for states seeking to negate their international human rights obligations to avoid unwanted scrutiny.

August 29, 2022

Russian civil society calls on EU to lead process to establish Special Rapporteur on Russia at HRC51

We, the undersigned human rights defenders and organisations from the Russian Federation, urge EU member states to lead a core group of states at the 51st Session of the UN Human Rights Council to establish a mandate of a Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Russian Federation. 

July 13, 2022

HRC50 summary: Pushing for action on crisis in Eastern Europe and advocating for stronger international human rights standards

At the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights House Foundation continued its work calling on the Human Rights Council to take action on the human rights crisis in Eastern Europe characterised, in part, by the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, and the increasingly dire human rights situation in Belarus.

July 8, 2022

HRC50: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council

HRHF and several organisations led by ISHR share reflections on the key outcomes of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues and situations. A shortened version was delivered at the Council.

June 28, 2022

HRC50: Council must renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus

On 28 June 2022, Human Rights House Foundation called on the Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus during the 50th session of the Council.

June 28, 2022

HRC50: States must protect media freedom in the digital age

ARTICLE 19 issued this statement on behalf of 12 NGOs, including Human Rights House Foundation, during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression at the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

June 22, 2022

CSOs urge transparent, merit-based, and consultative process to pick next UN High-Commissioner

Human Rights House Foundation joins over 60 international civil society organisations in an open letter calling on the UN Secretary-General to identify an outstanding candidate for the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights through a consultative process and to vigorously defend the independence of the Office of the High Commissioner, including through adequate resourcing.

June 22, 2022

PACE resolutions on Russia underscore need for further support to Russian civil society

Human Rights House Foundation welcomes the unanimous adoption of two important resolutions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) regarding the situation of political prisoners in the Russian Federation and the need to restore human rights and the rule of law in the North Caucasus. Both resolutions underscore the need for greater international attention to the domestic situation in Russia and the continued need of support for civil society.